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Re: which guideline to empty headers go against?


From: JP Jamous
Date: Nov 21, 2016 4:28PM

It does not violate any WCAG SC, but it is a bad UX. If I reach this with a screen reader and it says nothing, I am going to conclude one of 2 things.

1. Either it has a background image loading from a CSS file
2. Some stupid developer forgot it there, which is bad coding.

You can use a couple of level A SC against it.

1. There is an error with the web site code.
2. It was not made with accessibility in mind.

I forgot the exact SC numbers for those but they are both level A SCs.

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Subject: [WebAIM] which guideline to empty headers go against?

I have always considered it an accessibility issue for a page to have empty headings such as <h2>&nbsp;</h2>

Does this break any particular guideline?

Angela French
Internet/Intranet Specialist
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges